Newry Sport Centre Fun Fair appearance ‘a cause for concern’ 

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Monday, September 9th, 2019

Newry City Councillor Charlie Casey has said that revelations that a Fun Fair was being erected at the Sports Centre site were a major cause of concern for Councillors and local residents.

The Sinn Féin representative also raised his concerns about how an ambulance could access Jennings Park if an Air Ambulance has to land.

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“These situations do happen, that is why Risk Assessments are carried out,” the local Councillor told Newry Times.



Councillor Casey continued, “The problem is that the first anyone, local Councillors and residents, seems to have known about this was when it appeared.

“The Fun Fair based at the car parking area of our new Sports Centre is now fenced off and ready to go.

“There has been, as far as I’m concerned, no consultation and no neighbourhood notification.

He continued, “It appears the booking was arranged through the Newry Lesuire Centre (NLC) Booking Process.



“Apparently despite the fact that the Council Health and Safety Department knew nothing of the Fun Fair proposal, a Council Officer gave the go-ahead Under ‘delegated authority’.

“Effectively, this means that the granting of permission for such applications can be done without informing local elected representatives.”

Councillor Casey added, “Nowadays, groups and communities have to attend meetings and jump through hoops to get use of Council facilities and resources.

“I intend to raise this issue at full Council as I believe applications like this, which require consultation and community sensitivity, should be discussed with the areas elected representatives.”  



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